A YOUNG chef has earned a place in the regional finals of a national competition.
Scarlett Crow, a Year 10 pupil at Jersey College for Girls, triumphed over students from Les Quennevais and Grainville schools at the local round in February.
And now she has proved her culinary talents in the district competition against students from Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire, where she scooped second place and a spot in the regional finals of the Rotary Young Chef champion.
In the three courses that Scarlett whipped up for the judges, she used Island ingredients, including Jersey scallops in the starter and Jersey Chantilly cream in the dessert.
Rotarian Bob Marshall, who organises the local competition rounds, said: ‘It was very close between Scarlett and the winner. She was particularly complimented on her dessert, which she had made some tweaks to after working on it with Will Holland at the Atlantic Hotel. The judges were very impressed with it.’
Island students have reached regional finals three times. The last time was in 2018 when Sophie Robinson won her regional heat and got to the national final as one of the top eight out of 5,500 initial entrants.
The Rotary Young Chef Competition returned this year after a three-year break owing to Covid.
In the national competition, organised by the Rotary Club of Great Britain, students aged between 13 and 14 are given two hours to prepare a healthy three-course meal for no more than £22.
Antoinette De Louche, head of food and nutrition studies at JCG and Scarlett’s form tutor, said: ‘The Rotary Young Chef competition is a wonderful initiative for young people to develop their culinary skills and creativity. They can learn from the experienced chef judges and other participants, and apply their new knowledge to improve their cooking abilities.
‘Learning to prepare a healthy three-course meal on a budget is also a valuable skill, which will stand students in good stead in later life.’
If Scarlett wins her south-west regional final in two weeks’ time, which also takes place in Hampshire, then she will reach the final eight.